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My Tole Mour Experience

Posted by Erin on August 30, 2014

My Tole Mour Experience

It was about 0800 when Erin and Eliza dropped me off at Tole Mour’s dock. It seemed like they were my parents, all happy and excited to see their young daughter go off on a new adventure. After they left, the crew on Tole Mour showed all the trainees which bunk section we would be staying in. I was staying in the section called Santa Rosa, with two other girls. We were able to pick our own bunks, so I choose the forward most bunk with a porthole view, which later became a problem on my part (seasickness).

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About 0930, all hands were called forward for a muster. Captain Snark and Holly gave the welcome speech, talked about the boat, and gave information about the race. They showed us the course and explained the rules of the race. At that point I was very excited because I’ve never been part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series. After a clear understanding that we were going to win, they wanted us all to introduce ourselves, so we had to answer 3 questions. What is your name? Where are you from? And what’s your favorite animated Disney movie? With that, I learnt that most of the crew was from the mid-west and there were a lot of animated Disney movies I haven’t seen. By the way, I’m from New York and my favorite animated Disney movie is “The Tigger Movie.” After a round of funny but interesting introductions, we were given our sea watches. I was placed in watch one, with 4 crew members and 5 trainees. The first thing we did was reintroduce ourselves to each other, then did a tour of the boat. While we were touring the boat, the crew members spoke to us about drills and muster stations; within the next 10 minutes, we heard an alarm and the crew shouting “abandon ship drill, abandon ship drill.” Everyone gathered to their muster stations and donned life jackets. After the drill, we all mustered forward again to get divided into two activity stations: line handling and marlinspike & seamanship. My first activity was line handling; they showed us how to make a line off to a pin, take a line off the pin safely and how to coil. Also they taught us the terms they use when handling lines, like ”made ready” which means have a top and bottom turn on the pin and “super ready” which means to only have a bottom turn on the pin.

The race stared at 1400. We crossed the starting line about a minute after the race started with Irving Johnson next to us and Exy Johnson and Bill of Rights behind us. It was a wonderful sight, seeing the cliffs of San Pedro behind us as we sailed towards San Clemente Island and San Diego. We had great wind conditions the whole trip. While we were sailing past Catalina Island, we spotted two whales in the distance. It was an amazing sight, especially for me because I never see any sea mammals in New York Harbor.

My watch that night was from 0000 to 0400; that was my first time sailing through the night. And it was just horrible – from the moment I got on deck, I felt sea sick. A crew member gave me some ginger ale, crackers, and some tips on how to stop feeling sick, but none of that prevented me from throwing up at least 5 times in a red bucket that was labelled “you will feel better :)” but, on the plus side, while I was coming up for air, I noticed about 1000 starts in the sky, and no other boats around us.

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We had breakfast at 0700 and I felt much better. Shortly after breakfast, the captain announced that we had crossed the finish line and all the other boats were about 3 hours behind us. So, of course, everyone on board was thrilled on our possible win of the race. We turned on our engines, struck all sails, and began motoring towards La Jolla for some more activities. At 1030, we anchored off of La Jolla to do some snorkeling and some shanty singing. I chose to go snorkeling, so I got fitted for a wet suit, mask, boots, and fins. After a half hour of me struggling to put everything on, I entered the water, feet first to start an underwater adventure. The water was surprisingly warm and clear, so that didn’t stop us from seeing 10 leopard sharks, 2 horn sharks and a lot of sea grass. We got back on the boat in time for dinner, which I can say was amazing, then continued with some lovely shanty singing led by the crew and trainees.

My last moments on Tole Mour were the best. While heading back to the dock, a pod of dolphins followed us for about 2 hours, having fun with their babies, jumping in and out of the water and crossing under our bow. It was an amazing sight that I only got on video and soon hope to share with a lot more people.

I loved the people I sailed with on Tole Mour and looking forward to more adventures on the sail up to Dana Point.

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Staying classy in San Diego

Posted by Erin on August 29, 2014

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After a busy week and a great race start in San Pedro, the Tall Ships America Race Team rolled in to San Diego on Tuesday ready for the Festival of Sail. While Halcyon sailed down the coast on Tole Mour (recap coming soon), Eliza and I scouted the site, did some laundry and enjoyed the wonderful waterfront that San Diego Maritime Museum presides over. San Diego Harbor is always full of sailboats and, as two shorebound sailors, Eliza and I can’t help but want to be out on the water enjoying the steady breeze. But the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) requires our attention so we are content with just looking on enviously. San Diego Maritime Museum always puts on a wonderful event and, as the ships arrived at the dock yesterday after the Parade of Sail, the crew was happy to be here. Last night was the crew party on the Berkeley and our Executive Director, Bert Rogers, was on hand to present the awards for the race from San Pedro to San Diego, by way of San Clemente Island. From what I have heard, it was a spectacular run down to San Diego, complete with whale sightings, strong winds, shooting stars and, my personal favorite, dolphins playing in phosphorescence.

Race Results

We had four participants for the race – Tole Mour, Bill of Rights, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson. The winners of the race are as follows:

Third Place – Exy Johnson
Second Place – Irving Johnson
First Place – Tole Mour

Thank you to all the participants and congratulations to Tole Mour! A huge thank you to LA Yacht Club in San Pedro for their time and help in pulling off a great race start.

For more photos, visit our Flickr page and for more updates follow us on Twitter @tallshipsfleet

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If the wind is right, you can sail away…

Posted by Erin on August 28, 2014

From my first race on Lake Arcadia many years ago to my most recent daysail at a Tall Ships® festival, sailing has, as President Kennedy once wrote, “given me some of the most pleasant and exciting moments of my life.” Such was the case, I am sure, for those aboard the vessels Tole Mour, Irving Johnson, Exy Johnson, and Bill of Rights earlier this week.

Monday dawned warm and sunny and, with it, the start of RACE DAY. Shortly after noon, Erin and I found ourselves on a motor yacht off the coast of San Pedro, California, with members of the LA Yacht Club. This excellent group of mariners has functioned as the Race Committee for prominent sailboat races all along the Pacific Coast. With learned precision, they dropped an orange buoy at a set of predetermined coordinates, thus identifying the port end of the starting line. We then motored one nautical mile further out to sea, until the orange mark was barely visible against the blue ocean waves. Here we left a small motor boat, with a green flag raised to mark their position at the starboard end of the line. But any tall ship sailor can warn you that small, dark objects in the water are near impossible to spot from a distance. Indeed, by the time we returned to the port end of the line in the motor yacht, the little motor boat was indistinguishable from the surrounding waves and the green flag a near-indecipherable blip above the horizon. With a quick reevaluation, we dropped a second orange mark at the starboard end of the line. We were now ready – and I, with all this coming about, was now quite seasick.

But my seasickness would have to wait because the race was about to begin. After a radio call to the participating vessels, the warning gun was fired at 1350 and the class flag was raised. Until this point, the ships had been setting their sails in the distance as they sailed alongside the cliffs. But now they approached the line with their white sails set and full. At 1355 a horn was sounded and the P flag set. Racing rules were now in place, engines had been shut down, and any vessel that crossed the line early would be penalized. Irving Johnson, on the far end of the line, was nosing in towards the starboard mark but did not cross. Tole Mour, who had been quite a distance from the starting line, had caught the wind and was flying towards the line. Exy Johnson was close behind, identified by the red waleboard and blue bottom paint that distinguishes her from Irving. Bill of Rights was pointed into the wind behind her, still setting sails.

At precisely 1400, the flags came down and the gun was fired. The race had begun! Two minutes later, Irving Johnson and Tole Mour blazed across, nose to nose. Exy Johnson and Bill of Rights followed shortly thereafter; their recorded times began individually as each crossed the line. We received updates through the night – starry skies, seasickness, dolphins, and excellent sailing – and by morning, Tole Mour had crossed the finish line and anchored to enjoy some snorkeling. Irving Johnson, Exy Johnson, and Bill of Rights completed the race a few hours later, shortly past noon.

The race was over…but the results were not in. Because these vessels have different rig shapes, different hull designs, and different sail areas (except for the twin brigantines, of course), each is assigned a numerical “handicap.” This numeral is used to adjust each vessel’s elapsed racing time and calculate their corrected racing time. This adjustment, designed to make races fair amongst various classed vessels, makes the outcome of this race anyone’s guess. So…who won the race, based on corrected time? You’ll have to wait to find out until Thursday, when we announce the winner at the San Diego Festival of Sail!

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Halcyon Climbs Aloft

Posted by Erin on August 26, 2014

 

 

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Replicating battle sails with our historical member vessels certainly makes for an exciting time during the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®! From maneuvering around “enemy” vessels on the water to climbing aloft and furling sail at the dock, there are lots of adventures to be had. Halcyon was able to join the fun last Saturday during Tall Ships Festival LA 2014. Here’s what she has to say…

 

Sailing on fore and aft rigged schooners, you never really have good reasons to go aloft, especially when you need to clean up the deck after a sail. But that’s different when sailing on a brigantine.

Yesterday was my first time sailing on Brigantine Irving Johnson. I joined the crew on the foredeck to help pass the headsails, while we were at war with Exy Johnson and Spirit of Dana Point. With no casualties, of course, we arrived at the dock to drop off some very thrilled passengers. From there, as we all know, it’s time to clean up the deck.

I went around the deck to help coil and hang as many lines as I possibly could; while that was going on, I noticed about 5 crew members donning safety harnesses to go aloft to furl sails. The captain asked me if I wanted to go join the crew aloft, but I was a bit hesitant at first, mainly because I’ve never been aloft on a brigantine before. After a very informative safety speech, the captain escorted me up the fore shrouds to join the crew. When it came to the part where I had to step out onto the yards I was shaking, but after taking a deep breath and clipping in I felt perfectly fine and capable of handling the task in front of me.

- Halcyon Spooner, Tall Ships America Intern

 

 

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Welcome to La-la-land

Posted by Erin on August 23, 2014

Irving Johnson, Exy Johnson, and Amazing Grace during the Parade of Sail into San Pedro. Photo: Port of LA

Irving Johnson, Exy Johnson, and Amazing Grace during the Parade of Sail into San Pedro. Photo: Port of LA

There is something about a fresh cinnamon roll that makes you realize your day is going to be just fine. This morning, during our early rounds of the Tall Ships(R) Festival LA, I timed it perfectly and was well rewarded for my efforts. The site was quiet, far different from all the crowds and preparation of the days before. However, it was the calm before the storm. Today, Saturday, the festival grounds are rocking and rolling – dozens of food trucks line the dock, cranking out everything from Mexi-Greek fusion to “lobstah” rolls, each with their own music and vibe. The four stages are constantly swarming with people listening to traditional Hawaiian music, classic rock and even The King- Read the rest of this entry »

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Meet Halcyon, The New Race Team Member

Posted by Erin on August 23, 2014

Meet summer intern, Halcyon, the newest member of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team

Meet summer intern, Halcyon, the newest member of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team

When I was 8 years old my family moved to New York City from Saint Lucia. While moving to New York from a beautiful island in the Caribbean, I never thought that I’ll see the water again. That was until I started my freshman year at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, where they taught me that New York City is surrounded by 600 miles of coastline, which I needed to explore.

I started sailing on tall ships my sophomore year of high school, thanks to my Vessel Operations teacher, Captain Aaron Singh. I’ve had the opportunity to sail on Spirit of Massachusetts and Schooner Pioneer.

This past summer, I was hired as a deckhand on 1893, Schooner Lettie G. Howard, after a long winter restoration period.

Now I’m looking forward to some new adventures as a TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Intern, before the start of my senior year at New York Harbor School.

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Have you sailed into the sunset lately? Join Tole Mour!

Posted by Erin on July 29, 2014

And now for something completely different…a message from Tall Ships America Member Vessel and 2013 Sail Training Program of the Year, Tole Mour. See the below announcement from Tole Mour about how you can sail on the ship in August.

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Come aboard and help us race the schooner Tole Mour from Los Angeles to San Diego!  Sail with us against other tall ships for 3 days at sea!  Along the way learn to navigate, stand a seawatch, learn seamanship, and most importantly sail Tole Mour as fast as possible. And do this while eating lots of great food!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY OR RISK BEING LEFT ON SHORE AND LABELED A LANDLUBBER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. DO YOU HONESTLY THINK YOU CAN LIVE WITH THAT? FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? THAT SOUNDS LIKE TORMENT TO ME. I WOULD JUST SIGN UP NOW.

WE ARE ACCEPTING TRAINEES AGED 18 TO INFINITY FOR THREE DAYS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RACING…TALL SHIP STYLE.

Photo Credit: Thad Koza

Photo Credit: Thad Koza

This August we will embark on the first race that Tole Mour has participated in since the new millennium!  Spaces are very limited as there are only 36 beds.  So secure your spot today for an amazing experience.  More details will come to you if you call (800-645-1423) or email (Susan @ gdi . org) Guided Discoveries.  Spaces are open to all able bodied individuals aged 18 to infinity.  You must be able to haul on lines, be pleasant while tired and it’s great if you can sleep easily yet awaken easier.  The cost for the three day race is only $499.00 per person!  That covers all meals, training and transportation from Los Angeles to San Diego!  
   
!!!!!!!SO SIGN UP NOW!!!!!!!

August
25th – 27th

Los Angeles, CA
to
San Diego, CA

RESERVE YOUR SPOT BY CALLING US AT GUIDED DISCOVERIES 800-645-1423 OR EMAILING US AT SUSAN @ GDI . ORG. BY DOING SO WE WILL GIVE YOU A “WHAT IS IT LIKE?” PACKET, TO BETTER ACQUAINT YOU TO YOUR UPCOMING PHYSICAL, MENTAL, SPIRITUAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, SAILING-A-TALLSHIP CHALLENGE.

Please take a moment to reflect on your day and question your life choices if you find you haven’t seen any marine mammals, sunrises, sunsets or starry skies lately. Also click here and here to find out what we do when we aren’t racing our brains out.

 

Photo Credit: nicholsboats.com

Photo Credit: nicholsboats.com

 

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If I Had A Million Dollars…

Posted by Erin on July 22, 2014

The National Park Service’s Maritime Heritage Program, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, has approximately $1.7 million in grant funding available for education and preservation projects related to U.S. maritime history.

The grants are available to state, tribal and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations. Education grants can be used for programs such as school curriculum, interpretive programs and web pages. Preservation grant projects will include restoration of ships and other maritime resources.

Details of the grant program, including the application process, are available at http://www.nps.gov/maritime/grants/2014.htm. Grant applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 23.

Think of all the things you could do with more money*…

…If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d restore your ship / I would restore your ship.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / I’d buy you equipment for your ship / Maybe a nice AIS or a rescue boat.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you a new wrench / A nice and shiny new wrench / And if I had a million dollars, I’d buy your drill.

If I had a million dollars / I’d make a foot-rope for your yard / If I had a million dollars you could help / It wouldn’t be that hard.

If I had a million dollars / Maybe we could put a little tiny fridge / In the saloon / We could just go down there and hang out.

Like open the fridge and stuff / And there’d be foods Cook laid out for us / Like little pre-wrapped sausages and things. Mmmmmm.

They have pre-wrapped sausages / But they don’t have pre-wrapped bacon / Well, can you blame them? / Yeah!

If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you black powder / But not a real round shot, that’s bad.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you a cuddly ship’s pet / Yep, like a llama or an emu.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you nautical charts / All them crazy divider tools / And if I had a million dollars I’d buy black pens.

If I had a million dollars / We wouldn’t have to steer by the stars / If I had a million dollars / We’d use the red planet / ’cause why not Mars?

If I had a million dollars / We wouldn’t have to conserve Diesel / But we would conserve Diesel.

Of course we would, we’d just sail more / And buy really expensive canvas for sails / That’s right, all the fanciest natural fibers.

If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you an anchor / Haven’t you always wanted an anchor? / If I had a million dollars I’d buy your caulk.

If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars…

I’d be rich!

(Original Lyrics by Barenaked Ladies – If I Had A Million Dollars)

 * Disclaimer: These suggestions may not qualify in their entirety for the grants.

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What’s Better Than A Bald EAGLE?

Posted by Erin on July 17, 2014

No, not him…

KINDA BALD EAGLES. KINDA BALD EAGLES WITH HAIR.

Credit: iD Gum / iSpot.tv

 

The BARQUE EAGLE!

EAGLE - Parade of Sail in Halifax 2012

EAGLE – Parade of Sail in Halifax 2012

 

REMINDER NOTICE TO EXPERIENCED MARITIME CREW

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS: JULY 25, 2014

Enjoy a unique opportunity for Tall Ships America Members to advance their professional training, qualifications, skills, and credentials in a sail training program aboard America’s Tall Ship.

Experienced tall ships sailors are invited to join Captain Pulver and Coast Guard and NOAA Officer Trainees on a voyage from Gloucester, MA to Baltimore, MD between August 30th and September 11th, 2014. Restrictions apply.

For details, read Sail Training and Professional Development aboard USCG Barque EAGLE

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Join us on July 12 for Sail for Tall Ships Day!

Posted by Erin on July 7, 2014

Where will you #SailWithMorgan?

Where will you #SailWithMorgan?

CALLING ALL TALL SHIPS!

Join Tall Ships America and Mystic Seaport on 12 July 2014 for a national Sail for Tall Ships Day. We invite tall ships and traditional sailing vessels from all around America to set sail on this day, to honor the restoration of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial sailing vessel, and to celebrate the traditional skills of seamanship that are hard at work in the Tall Ships America fleet today.

We hope you will get underway with us on July 12 – anywhere and any way that fits into your own operational schedule – and be part of this national celebration of traditional sail!

Mystic Seaport and Tall Ships America are promoting Sail for Tall Ships Day with an active media campaign, and we invite you to use this opportunity to promote your own ship, mission, and programs in the context of this national event. We have provided a template for a press release, to use and distribute to relevant media in your area. Be sure to invite local media aboard when you sail!

Additionally, Mystic Seaport has included a “cutout” of the Charles W. Morgan for you to download and use in the promotion – take a photo of this aboard your ship as you sail on 12 July, and post it on your social media network. The hashtags for the event will be #SailwithMorgan #sailfortallships.

Tall Ships America will award a prize for the most creative photo taken and posted on this day, so don’t miss out!

Join us for the fun and celebration, share your photos, and help promote sail training and maritime preservation in North America!

Download the Sail for Tall Ships Day Template (Word document)

Download the cut out of the Charles W. Morgan (PDF)

 

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